RELIEVED Glenafton Athletic manager Craig McEwan heaped praise on goalscorer Dale Moore as his team snapped a three-game winless streak.

Glens came from 2-0 down to defeat hosts Irvine Meadow 3-2 in the McBookie Premiership, former Ayr United youths midfielder Moore popping up with the winning strike.

Now the boss hopes the victory can be the catalyst for a very strong finish to the season.

He said: “I was walking towards the dugout when Irvine Meadow went ahead. They scored with the first two attacks.

“We dominated much of the match and deserved to win it. That was recent results had not been so good.

“It was a good comeback. I don’t normally single out players, but Dale was outstanding. He ran the game and he scored a really good goal. It was fitting that he scored the winner.

“Hopefully we can take confidence when we play Hurlford United at home. We’re not totally giving up on the league but I expect Kilwinning Rangers and Talbot will fight it out for the title. But hopefully we will have some momentum and can finish strongly as Irvine Meadow did last season.”

Meanwhile Auchinleck Talbot boss Tommy Sloan saluted his team for another dramatic victory. A last gasp goal from Keir Samson helped the champions defeat Rutherglen Glencairn to remain 13 points behind leaders Kilwinning Rangers with eight games in hand.

Sloan said: “We showed some real grit and determination to get back into the match and take all three points. It was a good finish from Keir Samson and an important win.”

Talbot ironically head to North Ayrshire to face Buffs in a West of Scotland Cup tie on Saturday, which mark the return of Graham Wilson.

Sloan said: “The league and Scottish Junior Cup are the top competitions. But the West is important. It will be a tough game as we drew with them there in the summer and they are going really well in the league. But hopefully we can get through.”

Cumnock, who have no game this weekend, will be hoping to build on their 1-0 win away to Pollok.